Dear Parents / Carers of OBA students –
As the current situation continues, your child’s welfare and education remain our top priority at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy. Whilst students are working remotely, we will continue using Google Classroom as the main base of our provision staff will be offering a mixture of live lessons using Microsoft Teams. Live lessons will be scheduled as per your child’s weekly timetable.
Google Classroom is where tasks, resources, links and recordings will be uploaded to. Students will have tasks to complete which will then be assessed by their teachers and returned to them. The feedback will be provided in line with the departmental policy. If they have not done so already students need to enrol to the relevant Classroom using the codes provided.
This video provides guidance on how to use Google Classroom: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iW66SV-PRZVrpOMRNozl3LYQ_LhuyPZb/view?usp=sharing
Lessons on Microsoft Teams:
To join an interactive virtual lesson, students will use Microsoft Teams and need to go to www.office.com and sign in using their school email address and password. Once students have followed the above steps, they should select ‘Teams’ from the list of software available. Scheduled interactive lessons will appear on student calendars. Students need to select their calendar, click on the scheduled lesson and choose ‘join’. Again, Google Chrome is the recommended browser for this. Please also note that Microsoft Teams can be downloaded as a desktop app or as an app for smartphones by searching ‘Download Teams’ online.
This video provides guidance on how to use Microsoft Teams: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MM8lDFBrfQvFN3Fvr7nljwFRjTOOH50o/view?usp=sharing
Maintaining contact with teachers:
To log in to email, students need to go to www.office.com and sign in using their school email address and password. Student email addresses are [email protected] e.g. [email protected]. Once students have followed the above steps, they should select ‘Outlook’ from the list of software available. If your son/daughter has issues regarding their password for either their school accounts or Google Classroom, please email [email protected] to seek assistance.
To support you and your son/daughter in all of the above, I have produced video tutorials which can be watched by going to the OBA website and selecting ‘Remote Learning’. Links to download the desktop and mobile apps are also available on the ‘Remote Learning’ tab of the academy website. Guidance on all of the above has also been shared on the Academy Instagram page @OBAcademy.
Finally, I would like to point out some housekeeping arrangements for live lessons. In the interest of safeguarding and so that students can view live streams/lessons at a later date, all live teaching will be recorded by staff and uploaded to Google Classroom following the session. You may wish for your son/daughter to disable their camera if they are in a live lesson and do not want their faces to be shown. Students should participate in live lessons in a suitable learning environment which will not jeopardise your family’s privacy or disturb the live lesson for others. Students must also be suitably dressed to appear on a live stream. As always at OBA, we have high expectations for conduct of students who participate in live lessons and anyone not meeting our expectations may be muted from the lesson or removed completely from it.
Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s Form Tutor with any queries you may have.
this information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to oba pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education at oba if local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
For details of what to expect where individual OBA pupils are self-isolating, please see the final section of this page.
At OBA, we use Google Classrooms as a platform for our remote learning.
What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?
On the first day of isolation, OBA pupils will be expected to continue with the work that they have been completing in school: tasks in their exercise books, follow-up tasks, homework projects, revision work. There will be some work available on Google Classrooms.
From Day 2 onwards, there will be work available on Google Classrooms for all lessons that pupils have on their timetable. The only exception to that will be staff absence.
Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?
- At OBA, we teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school. Our curriculum has been and will continue to be revised to accommodate the lost teaching time.
- OBA teachers will deliver our curriculum via two platforms: live lessons via Microsoft Teams or work set on Google Classrooms.
Remote teaching and study time each day
How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?
We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:
Secondary school-aged pupils not working towards formal qualifications this year
5 hours a day of live lessons / Google Classrooms work, as per the timetable
Additional time to complete homework.
Secondary school-aged pupils working towards formal qualifications this year
5 hours a day of live lessons / Google Classrooms work, as per the timetable
Additional time to complete revision and homework.
Accessing remote education
How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?
- During the remote learning period, OBA teachers will deliver their lessons via two platforms: live lessons via Microsoft Teams or work set on Google Classrooms.
- All OBA students have log in details for Google Classrooms and used this platform during Summer Term 2020 lockdown and in school. If they need to refresh their memory on how to access the work, please use the link below to access a short video tutorial. This, along with other guidance material, can be found on the ‘Remote Learning’ tab of the school website.
- Once students have logged into Google Classrooms, they will input the unique code for their class to access the work set by their classroom teachers. The codes for all Google Classroom classes are listed in year groups in the “Remote Learning’ section on the school website.
- During periods of remote learning, it is vital that the students regularly check their emails as the main means of communication with the school and log into Google Classroom. To log into email, students need to go to www.office.comand sign in using their school email address and password. This will ensure that their progress is not hindered as they can complete the work in line with the curriculum plans.
- Student email addresses are [email protected]‐ac.co.uk e.g. [email protected]‐ac.co.uk.
- For issues regarding passwords for either school accounts or Google Classroom, please email [email protected]‐ac.co.uk to seek assistance.
If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?
We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:
- Our support with online access is initiated within our pastoral support. Requests / needs for support should therefore be first communicated with a child’s form tutor, either via email, Google Classroom messages or a phone message left at the school reception.
- To request a laptop, a pupil should contact their form tutor / Head of Year. If laptops are available, their collection will be arranged by our school office.
- OBA also offers support with data allowances. To request that support, please speak to the form tutor.
- During remote learning, work should be submitted via Google Classrooms. If required, it can be emailed to the classroom teacher.
- If there is a need to print work off – and Google Classrooms reduces that requirement – a pupil with no access to a printer should ask their classroom teacher for support. The classroom teacher will find an alternative way to facilitate work completion.
How will my child be taught remotely?
We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:
- As stated above, OBA teachers will deliver their lessons via two platforms: live lessons via Microsoft Teams or work set on Google Classrooms. Those sessions will be scheduled according to a child’s timetable (e.g. English in Period 1 on Monday if that’s what the timetable states).
- We will aim to provide at least 50% of the allocated teaching time via a live interaction. Therefore, if a child has got 4 hours of English a week, 2 hours of those sessions will provide live interaction opportunities. These do not need to be two complete 1 hour sessions; it might be 15 minutes at the start and 15 at the end of each session. This will depend on the content of the session.
- A live lesson on Microsoft Teams should have a minimum of the 15 minute exposition. The rest of the session can be allocated – e.g. teacher led, independent work, whole class feedback at the end - as appropriate.
- Your child should aim to attend all scheduled live lessons. He/she will receive an invite from the classroom teacher prior to the session. If this is not possible, please encourage your child to complete the work that is set on Google Classrooms. This will ensure that he/she does not fall behind.
- Teachers will send invites to their students at least 24 hours prior to the live lesson.
- To support our students’ learning effectively, OBA teachers will combine a range of teaching methods (live lessons, recorded videos, PowerPoints, etc.).
- The work for the lesson (PowerPoint, resources, etc.) needs to be posted on Google Classrooms by 8.30 on the day. The only exception to that will be teacher’s absence.
- OBA teachers will share the expectations for lesson outcomes (objectives), behaviour and attitudes at the start of the live lesson. All students must adhere to those so that high expectations can be maintained.
- OBA teachers will monitor students’ engagement with remote learning on a daily basis: taking part in the online lesson, completing the work on Google Classrooms (even if not accessing the live lesson), no work completion.
- Currently, due to safety restrictions, we are unable to produce work packs collating the work set on Google Classrooms.
Engagement and feedback
What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?
- OBA students are expected to engage with remote learning every day, in line with their timetable. They are also expected to complete their homework / follow-up work from the lessons. This is so that no child falls behind in their learning.
- If the timetabled session cannot be completed at its scheduled time, students should aim to complete it as soon as possible and submit their work on google Classrooms in line with the deadline set by their teacher.
- We ask for parental support with remote learning by ensuring the following:
- your child follows the regular routine of learning and attends the lessons in line with his/her timetable (9.00 – 15.00), with breaks throughout the day to promote his/her wellbeing,
- your child communicates with his/her form tutor regularly; this is to support your child’s wellbeing,
- your child has got an allocated area to work at, ideally a table/desk,
- your child follows the school’s behaviour policy and the instructions given by their classrooms teachers so that high standards can be maintained.
If you are concerned about your child’s progress, work completion or wellbeing, please contact the form tutor / Head of Year as soon as possible so that we can work together to put individual support in place.
How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?
- To support our communication with you, please ensure that we have your correct contact details. If they need updating, please contact school reception / Head of Year.
- Students’ engagement with remote learning is monitored on a daily basis via a session register.
- If a student does not engage with remote learning, parents/carers will be contacted by the school on a weekly basis.
- If there are concerns with specific subjects (no work submitted, work significantly below standard), parents/ carers will be contacted by the child’s subject teachers either via phone or email address.
How will you assess my child’s work and progress?
Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via Google Classrooms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others.Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:
In this section, please set out briefly:
- Feedback for work will be provided via Google Classrooms. If it is required for the work to be submitted via email, teachers might provide feedback via the same medium.
- Within live lessons, ongoing formative feedback will be provided verbally or via the ‘chat’ facility.
- Feedback for lesson responses / queries will be provided within 48 hours.
- Pupils will receive feedback on their written work in line with the departmental Marking and Feedback Policy. To request details of those, please contact the classroom teacher / Curriculum Leader for the subject in question.
- OBA teachers will keep a record of your child’s progress to be able to provide a summative evaluation in line with the school’s assessment and reporting calendar. Some of the dates may be revised when required.
Additional support for pupils with particular needs
How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?
We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:
Individualised support will be provided to our SEND students, in line with their support plans. This will be managed by our SEND team. If there is a particular need, further wellbeing / support strategies will be put in place (e.g. regular phone calls).
OBA Teaching Assistants will be allocated to students on a rota to support key workers’ / vulnerable students in school and students working remotely (live lessons, Google Classrooms).
When assisting with remote learning, teaching assistants are responsible for:
- Supporting students who are in school by:
- monitoring their participation in the activities (either face-to-face, live lessons, Google Classrooms), as allocated by the teacher in charge,
- assisting with the work being completed, in line with their role and responsibility,
- assisting the teachers allocated to the group in delivering the curriculum, as appropriate (e.g. supervising a student working in a different classroom).
- Supporting pupils who are not in school with learning remotely by:
- monitoring their participation in live lessons and their work completion,
- communicating via agreed medium to provide support with work,
- liaising with the subject teacher(s) to provide support for learning,
- liaise with the Curriculum Leader, Head of Year, DSL to address concerns appropriately as they arise.
This document provides you with some additional apps and features to support online learning at home:
Remote education for self-isolating pupils
Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.
If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?
If individual pupils are self-isolating, they will be taught a planned and well-sequenced curriculum with meaningful and ambitious work each day set in Google Classrooms. The work will be assessed and fed back on in line with the departmental Marking and Feedback policies.
If there is a larger group of students self-isolating within one class, the classroom teacher may deliver live lessons, as per the timetable.
Who to contact with queries / concerns / positive feedback:
At OBA, we always strive to provide the best education to our students. Feedback from parents / carers / students is invaluable in driving further improvements.
You can contact relevant members of staff via email, Google Classrooms or calling the school reception.
- For engagement/wellbeing concerns/queries/positive feedback, please contact your child’s Form Tutor or Head of Year.
- For subject specific (e.g. work in Science) concerns/queries/positive feedback, please contact your child’s classroom teacher / Curriculum Leader for the subject in question.
- For IT issues, please email [email protected]‐ac.co.uk .
- For Free School Meals queries, please contact the school reception.
- For safeguarding concerns, contact our safeguarding team.
The Senior Leader overseeing remote learning at OBA is Mrs Maloszyc, Vice Principal.